The developers were advised to ignore people who don’t like Aloy’s sexual preferences.
After the release of the Burning Shores add-on for Horizon Forbidden West, it was revealed that Aloy is part of the LGBTQ community. In addition, the ability to kiss a girl is implemented. Users can choose to opt out, but each of the responses confirms the girl’s sexual orientation. Some players did not like this approach of the developers from Guerrilla Games, and they bombarded Burning Shores with negative reviews on Metacritic. And recently, the developers have responded to, in their opinion, the “homophobic” reaction of individual users.
In an interview with VGC, Guerrilla Games Narrative Director Ben McCaw said: “We love it when [фанаты] have constructive feedback about one or the other. And we’re perfectly happy when they say they don’t like this or that, about just about every aspect of the game that they really thought about. But when there’s just outright negativity, it’s pretty easy for me personally to separate and realize that I can never come to terms with that kind of thinking.”
McCaw’s words were supplemented by lead writer Annie Chinan. According to her, Aloy’s feelings for Seika are “still right”, and the choice in the kissing episode depends on the opinion of each user about the readiness of the main character for a relationship. However, each decision is “justified” and fits into the plot concept. As for the “homophobic” reaction, Chinan said that this part of the audience is “pretty easy to ignore.”
More about Horizon Forbidden West
- This is the sequel to the open world action adventure Horizon Zero Dawn.
- The plot unfolds in the distant future, where humanity has returned to the primitive system, and robotic animals have become the owners of the planet.
- The main character of Forbidden West was the hunter from the Nora tribe – Aloy. She traveled to the west coast of the former United States and encountered new robots and threats there. In the second part, it also became possible to explore the underwater space and fly on a glider.
- Horizon Forbidden West was released on February 18, 2022 for PS4 and PS5. The game received 88 points from critics and an 8 out of 10 rating from users.